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Dry Skin Ingredients to Avoid for the Winter

Winter dry skin is awful! Not only does it look unattractive, but it can also be irritating. So being mindful of what you put on it might be necessary to avoid the discomfort of dry skin and further infection that might go along with it.

You might not be able to do anything about the weather, but you can surely do something about the products you put on your skin!

Watch Out for These Top Skin Drying Ingredients

Beware of the following surfactants or ingredients in most skin care product that may cause dry skin:

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  1. AHA Acids

  2. AHA stands for Alpha Hydroxy Acid and used to remove dead skin cells. Someone using skin care products with AHA acids might find their skin a lot healthier and softer. For some people, it’s not always the case.

    Never underestimate the fact that it’s an “acid” and if used too much, can dry out your skin. Many skin care products with AHA acids generate great results for the first few weeks or even months. However, as time passes, our skin can develop resistance to formulas, especially when some of them have molecules that are intended to “remove” or dissolve things.

  3. Sodium Laureth Sulfate


  4. Sodium Lauryeth Sulfate (also known as SLES) is found in many dishwashing soaps, washing detergents and shampoos. Its lathering effect makes it attractive for manufacturers who are able to fill volumes of containers with less expensive ingredients.

    It’s known to be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a suspected carcinogen that can have devastating effects to the respiratory tract system, central nervous system, liver, kidneys and other important bodily functions.

  5. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate


  6. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (also known as SLS) is also used to create a lathering effect for shampoos, soap and cleaning products. It has a more short term, instant, irritating effect than SLES., but DOES have an effect.

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  7. Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate


  8. Just like SLES and SLS, Ammonium Laurel Sulfate (ALS) is also used as a foaming agent. However, it’s may be gentler than the two mentioned about, but can also have very significantly negative effects on the body.

    SLS, SLES and ALS greatly demonstrates the phrase “don’t be deceived by what you see,” because when it comes to skin care, lathering doesn’t always mean you’re much cleaner!

  9. Salicylic Acid


  10. Salicylic acid is meant to dissolve blackheads. It separates the dead skin cells from the healthy skin cells and ultimately helps to reduce the appearance of acne.

    One of the purposes of salicylic acid is to deep clean, but it also has negative effects you don’t want happening to your skin! It can cause hives, allergic reactions and inflammation! Yikes!

  11. Sodium Chloride


  12. Sodium Chloride is great if it’s balanced correctly. After all, It IS just salt. However, too much of it can be overwhelming for your skin and can create a drying effect. The result? Major discomfort, which leads to peeling and other sorts of open skin irritation.

  13. Isopropyl Alcohol

  14. You might find isopropyl alcohol on many hand sanitizers. It’s an ingredient found in antiseptics and disinfectants meant to kill bacteria. Due to its naturally hazardous nature, smelling it can burn your eyes. So imagine what it’s actually doing as it connects with your skin cells?

For those who find products with these ingredients to be beneficial, make sure you’re using them with caution. Sometimes a little too much of a good thing may turn out to have the exact opposite effect.

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